For weeks now I entered what my friend Joe @Storey of Stories imagined as brand new meme called “First Impression”.
It’s a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only two sentences in the book, a chapter or two , maybe a little farther. The goal is to give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end. It will be fun to go back to this post once you’ll have finished the book! Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you right all along?
I skipped last Friday’s post because I was beat!
I came back home from work past eight in the evening and I had a raging headache so I have been a bad, bad girl! Sorry!!!
Anyway now I am back on track and trying to catch up with everyone’s posts, commenting and liking. It seems I’ll have a weekend full of it 😀
I am now half way through A Wish for us by Tillie Cole (how pretty is that cover right???)
From the author who brought you A Thousand Boy Kisses comes the new emotional novel, A Wish For Us.
A story of music. A story of healing. A story of love conquering all.
Nineteen-year-old Cromwell Dean is the rising star of electronic dance music. Thousands of people adore him. But no one knows him. No one sees the color of his heart.
Until the girl in the purple dress. She sees through the walls he has built to the empty darkness within.
When Cromwell leaves behind the gray skies of England to study music in the South Carolina heat, the last thing he expects is to see her again. And he certainly doesn’t expect that she’ll stay in his head like a song on repeat.
Bonnie Farraday lives for music. She lets every note into her heart, and she doesn’t understand how someone as talented as Cromwell can avoid doing the same. He’s hiding from his past, and she knows it. She tries to stay away from him, but something keeps calling her back.
Bonnie is the burst of color in Cromwell’s darkness. He’s the beat that makes her heart skip.
But when a shadow falls over Bonnie, it’s up to Cromwell to be her light, in the only way he knows how. He must help her find the lost song in her fragile heart. He must keep her strong with a symphony only he can compose.
A symphony of hope.
A symphony of love.
A symphony of them.
Some back story here…
I requested this ARC before I even saw the cover and the blurb. Call it intuition but I hadn’t read Tillie Cole’s last books as she went too dark for my tastes but I just thought “This one will be lighter”.
Turns out when I read the blurb and saw the cover that yes, she had decided to leave “the dark side of the force” and go with something sweeter but promising emotions (“For fans of A Thousand Boy Kisses” who was an ugly cry!).
Only… I got a mail telling me I was not selected to get the book. People had been chosen at random and I wasn’t among the lucky fews.
Swallowing my deception I asked other reads on Netgalley.
When I synced my Kindle as I had bought some books I got….the ARC! WTH????
I could not believe my luck!
Now first chapters and I was “meh”.
All ingredients were presents: the rebel DJ former music prodigy who was suffering deeply from a loss. Said loss pushed him to turn his back to his beloved music or rather music played with instruments rather than computer.
The good girl, straight A student and enamored with classical music. She told him straight away what he created lacked soul and feelings.
She seemed to be ill or recovering from an illness.
You’d think I would feel moved and invested right?
Boring. And frustrating as I was thinking “Hell I wanted this ARC so much and so far it’s a 3 stars for me whereas everything seems right to give me feelings overload. What’s wrong with me?”.
Now I’m farther down the road and …won’t tell you! It’s first impressions so meet me next Friday 😀
My latest First Impression two weeks ago was about Mogul by Katy Evans.
I predicted 3,5 stars and I gave 4 stars! Click on the graphic to read my review.
Now what is your first impression today?
Happy Friday and thanks for reading!
OH goodness, that cover !! and that blurb !! I so wanna read it.
Hopefully it’s star rating will go up for you xx
Thanks Kristina! Meet me in one week 😉
I can’t wait to wait to read this one. Please tell me it gets better!?!? LOL!
My lips are sealed Trisy!!! 🙂
Oh yes…gorgeous cover. That cover would pre-dispose me to like it… well unless by chapter two it upset me for some reason 😉
Hahaha Nina come back next week to know the truth 😉
I’m glad Mogul turned out better than you expected! And it is super mean to tell us it started out just “meh” and then make it seem like it might get better but then make us wait for next week to know for sure!!!!
Bwahahaha Brittany, sorry I was a little evil yesterday LOL
Thanks for taking part in FIF again! Hopefully this book improves for you. Sometimes they can be ‘meh’ all the way through and then the ending just ties everything together so nicely that it elevates the whole thing.
That’s so true Joe! Sometimes 95 %of a book is a 3 stars and the ending is a 6 stars! Fingers crossed here 😉